Using special effects to make a white actor look Japanese? No problem. Using a Japanese actor to play a Japanese role? Unthinkable. Scarlett Johansson signing on as the Japanese lead in “The Ghost in the Shell” has once again added fuel to the fire started by #OscarsSoWhite.
Inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography on Alexander Hamilton, the musical was brought to life by Lin-Manuel Miranda in 2015. The musical leads audiences through the rise and fall of one of America’s forgotten Founding Fathers, complete with scandalous affairs, ego-driven power players and a young nation either on the cusp of greatness or failure—much like its titular hero.